Welcome back to the Weddings by One Curious Dream UK wedding blog! This week, we’ve been focusing on sharing some top wedding planning advice for couples who are looking to plan a wedding quickly.
As UK wedding planners, we know that this is quite an unusual way to plan a wedding; however, lots of couples who were due to marry in early 2020, are now seriously considering a short timeframe wedding as a viable option.
Of course, there’s still a considerable amount up in the air with regards to how weddings can work within a COVID-19 world. As many of you will know, the wedding industry is collectively calling for clear advice from the UK government (you can check out our blog post about this here). But, love continues, and couples do still wish to get married, and as wedding planners, we have to keep the faith that the restrictions will loosen sufficiently in due course to allow small weddings AND receptions to take place.
We’ve already shared with you the first tasks to tackle and how to source your wedding suppliers, so today, we’re moving on to the steps you should be taking in week 4 of planning.
By this stage, your guests should have sent back their RSVP’s, so you will be able to compile your final attendee list as well as collate any specific requests or dietary requirements.
It’s a tough task for every couple planning a wedding, but if you want your guests to be seated in specific chairs, now is the time to tackle your table plan. Be warned – this isn’t a task for the faint-hearted and will take lots of patience and discussion. Planning table layouts is always one of the trickier elements when planning a wedding!
Once your table plan is finalised, you’ll need to confirm final wedding guest numbers with your venue and provide them with a template that identifies where guests with dietary requirements are seated. Many wedding venues will share their in-house table planning software with you, but otherwise, a pdf, excel or word document should work nicely.
At this stage, your wedding venue will ask all about the timings and schedule for your wedding day and the plans you have in mind. Your wedding venue will offer lots of ideas and valuable input about works well in the space and will also provide guidance to help you bring any special touches to life. Use their experience and input as they will be the font of all knowledge when it comes to establishing what works perfectly at the venue.
If you would like a printed table plan, or any form of on the day wedding stationery, such as menus, place names or signage, now is the time to confirm your final requirements with your chosen wedding stationer.
Similarly, if you would like to purchase any wedding favours, particularly those that need to be personalised, now’s the time to get the ball rolling.
Next, it’s time to start ticking off the little jobs, buying rings, finding accessories and shoes as well as purchasing any gifts.
By now, you should be making great progress with planning your wedding a short timescale. Next time, we’ll be looking at the final tasks to undertake across the last couple of weeks of your wedding planning journey.
As UK wedding planners, obviously (!), we would tell you that hiring a wedding planner will ensure your wedding planning experience is much more fun and enjoyable. You will be working under considerable pressure, and whilst many couples thrive under this, lots do find it a little too much to handle in the lead-up to such an important day.
If you’d like to chat through your wedding plans, please don’t hesitate to contact our wedding planning team on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org